Just about 1 week left until Christmas, are you done shopping?  Probably not.  Does that stress you out? Probably.  So how about relieving some of that stress with a little retail therapy and craft beer.  That’s right, you heard me, pick up last minute gifts (or treat yourself!) while enjoying a tasty beverage (or two!)…Redlight Saves Christmas.

Tonight, head over to Redlight Redlight for a few drinks and while you are there check out the amazing pop up shops from Dear Prudence, Bamapana, Metal Wisom, Audubon General and VSOM.  Drinking and shopping. Brilliant!  We suggest drink first, that way you’ll be more likely to spend a few extra dollars on gifts and then you can tell all of your friends and family how awesome you are for supporting local businesses! It’s a no brainer, friends.  Live local, shop local, drink local.


When: 12/17/14 from 7-10p

Where: Redlight Redlight  – 2810 Corrine Dr.











This time of year seems to fly by, we wish it didn’t because it is the absolute best time of year!  Sweaters, hot chocolate, sweet treats, Christmas carols, I could go on and on and on…it’s the best. The absolute best. And can you believe there are only 12 days until Christmas.  Ahhhh!

Growing up my favorite memories are of decorating the house with my dad.  He put so much effort into it, people would drive by multiple times just to get a second look, some would even come back with their cameras and take pictures.  All because of a fake pair of Santa legs that my dad had rigged up into the attic window so it looked like Santa was crawling in, people loved it! And once our lights were up we’d spend the evenings driving around doing the same thing, hot cocoa in our mugs, in our pjs and slippers, blasting Christmas music.  Like I said, it is the best time of year!   I’ve carried on this tradition as an adult, maybe not the pj and slipper part but definitely the hot cocoa and Christmas music part!  This year I really wanted to spice things up a bit, I wanted to keep the tradition but do something a little different.  I decided upon the Annual Holiday Lights Ride!

This year marks the 7th Annual Holiday Lights Ride.  Hop on your bikes with your family, meet at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux at 6:30pm and pedal around town taking in all of the holiday lights displays. It is about a 7 mile ride with multiple stops along the way, helmets, front and rear lights are required.  Bike decorations are not required but highly encouraged!  And if you can swing it please try to bring an unwrapped gift for a teenager for the toy drive benefiting Parramore Kidz Zone.

I have a feeling this is going to be the start of my new family tradition!

When – Saturday December 13th @ 6:30

Where – Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe

pub crawlI can’t believe the holiday season is upon us!  There are always so many fun events and parties to attend this time of year.  First one on the list is the Mill50 and Ivanhoe Village “12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl”.

Make your way to our two favorite City of Orlando main street districts tomorrow night at 8 pm to enjoy a night of fun and a few cocktails.

You can purchase your $10 ticket (what a bargain!) at Wally’s (1001 N Mills Ave.) or The Thirsty Topher (1609 Alden Rd.) starting at 8 pm tomorrow December 6th.  The proceeds benefit the two main street districts!

O-cartz will be available so you can make your way through the districts with ease and safety!

Hope to see you there!  What holiday festivities are you up to this weekend?

It’s Go Local Wednesday but I’m not going local today.  I’m going grateful.

This time of year we express what we are grateful for.  I can admit that I am guilty of not thinking too deeply about it and just saying something along the lines of ‘my family’ or ‘my friends’ or ‘my health’.  All of this is true, I couldn’t be more grateful for those things because I may not have made it through these past 6 months without them. But it was also a lot of the little things that helped on a day to day basis. Little things like frozen pizzas, hot showers, an excellent home insurance plan, modern medicine and coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

We tend to take the little things for granted, that isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way it is.  But sometimes it is the little things all grouped together that can REALLY make you happy.  Something as little as being able to treat yourself to a nice dinner once a month, or how about being able to go home at the end of the day to your kids or animals or partner who always put a smile on your face.  Or even having that umbrella in your car to protect you from the torrential downpours we’ve had the past few days!  These things may seem silly but these are the things we take for granted but make us happy. Think about it, how much would you have complained if you got soaked in the rain yesterday?!  I know I would have!  So when you are asked tomorrow what you are grateful for why don’t you think about those little things for a moment, because we are all always grateful for our health, for our friends, for our family…

So tell me, what little things are you grateful for?


28 years of Christmas trees decorated by local designers, businesses and corporations.  28 years of one of Central Florida’s best holiday traditions, Festival of Trees.

Each year the Council of 101 hosts Festival of Trees where the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with decorated Christmas trees,  gingerbread creations, wreaths, tabletop displays and so much more.  Mostly all of it is for sale and proceeds help cultural development of local visual arts and local children’s art educational programs.

This year the theme is ‘Tis the Season’ and there are only a few days left to join in on this joyous display of the holiday season!  There are so many special pieces that make up this event. Deck the Halls, where you’ll find unique custom centerpieces, wreaths, and garland for sale.  Festival Boutique, where you can find one of a kind local merchandise for sale.  Toyland Town, where there are kid’s crafts, games, children’s gifts for sale (priced perfectly for the little ones),  and what would Toyland be without a visit from Santa Claus!  Santa will be there Saturday, November 22 and 23 from 10am to 4pm.

General Admission: Now through 11/23

  • $10 per adult
  • $6 per child (ages 3-11)

Tickets can be purchased at the museum, and include admission to current OMA art exhibits.


Interested in buying or selling this holiday season? Visit us here or call us, 407-494-2820!



Don’t you just love this time of year!  I feel like once we hit mid November it is okay to really start getting ready for the holiday season.  Except Christmas music before Thanksgiving, I’ll never get used to that!  But I do love seeing Downtown Orlando and surrounding neighborhoods put up their holiday décor and signs, it just makes it all so…official.

So, let the holiday festivities begin!  Here is one of our favorites.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving Ivanhoe Village always celebrates their neighborhood holiday party, and this year is no different.   On November 22nd you and the family can head down to Ivanhoe Village for a night of joyous festivities to help kick of the 2014 holiday season with Jingle Eve!

The night’s events will include a Santa’s workshop, holiday specials and samples from local merchants, live music, local artists and vendors.  The Food Truck Bazaar will be there and there is also a wine stroll!  And of course the lighting of the Happy Holidays sign and the Christmas Tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park!

Come join the party! We guarantee it will be the perfect start to your holidays!


Here are the details:

Saturday, November 22nd

Santa’s Workshop @ 5pm

Sign Lighting @ 6pm

Tree Lighting @ 6:30pm

Wine Stroll @ 6pm,  $20 per person (buy tickets here)


Interested in buying or selling a home this holiday season?  Give us a call at (407) 494-2820 or check out our website!

The holidays are right around the corner, for most that means spending time with family and friends, for some it means spending time shopping for the best deals. Believe me, we aren’t judging, because we too partake in some of the craziness that is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and every other extra special super discount shopping day. But another thing we do is Shop Small, and you should too.

A few years ago American Express started the Shop Small campaign where it promoted shopping only at local businesses rather than big box stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The campaign has continued to grow and it is pretty amazing the impact that shopping local can have on your community. Check out this infographic:


Pretty awesome!  And it isn’t just about shopping local and spending your money, it’s about becoming a part of something. There are other ways to get involved, like organizing an event to help celebrate small businesses in your neighborhood.  Getting your friends and family together to spend the day out and about getting to know your local business owners. Continually posting on social media sites promising to Shop Small on November 29th because we all know if one of your friends is shopping local then the rest will too!

American Express has made it really simple for both the consumer and the business owner.  Consumers, follow this link, put in your address and it will give a list of all local businesses in your area that are promoting Shop Small.  Business owners, follow this link to promote your business.

There are so many great places scattered around Orlando to Shop Small.  We suggest Park Ave CDsDear Prudence  and East End Market in Audobon Park.  Cloak and Dapper in Ivanhoe Village.   Maybe Colonial Photo & Hobby or City Oasis in Mills50.  How about Paper Gallery & Gingersnap Station in College Park.  And Zou Zou Boutique in Thornton Park.  We haven’t even gotten started on places to eat yet! Just to name a few we love,   P is for Pie, brunch at The Hammered Lamb,  Hawkers, Benjamin French Bakery.  We could go on for days, but I think you get the point.  The places to Shop Small are endless, be part of the movement!

Tell us, where are you going to Shop Small?


We have no affiliation with American Express, we just really feel that the Shop Small movement is something everyone needs to be a part of!


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